What does hand-to-mouth mean?

Definitions for hand-to-mouth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hand-to-mouth(a)(adverb)

    providing only bare essentials

    "a hand-to-mouth existence"

  2. hand to mouth(adverb)

    with barely enough money for immediate needs

    "they lived form hand to mouth"


  1. hand-to-mouth(Adjective)

    having barely enough to survive, being close to poverty

  2. Origin: from the idiomatic phrase live from hand to mouth


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hand-to-mouth in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hand-to-mouth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tolle Furegard:

    We live from hand to mouth, and we have for a long time now.

  2. Piu Eatwell:

    These girls thought [Hansen] had connections, so obviously, they felt under pressure because they thought this was their chance to make it, [Elizabeth] had a hand-to-mouth existence. She never really had a definite job… She was dependent on friends, boyfriends, people she got picked up by for a meal or just a place for the night.

Images & Illustrations of hand-to-mouth

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